Wells Library expansion to be celebrated with grand opening, dedication ceremony
WELLS — On Saturday, June 16, the Wells Public Library, located at 1434 Post Road, will celebrate the opening of their new wing with a Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until the library closes at 1 p.m.
The addition of the new wing was a long time coming. The process began in 2008 with just a dream of what the expansion could be and what it could look like. After four years of fundraising that included pledges, gifts, and in-kind donations, the library board of trustees and Friends of the Library were able to raise $1 million dollars to make this dream a reality. And now, a 3,340 square foot monument to all that hard work stands ready to be enjoyed by town residents and visitors.
The new addition focuses primarily on people spaces. There will be a community program room with state of the art presentation technology and seating for 80 that will have the capabilities to stream library events and lectures for people to view online. This beautiful area with a separate entrance will also be available and accessible after library hours for community or private events. There will also be a quiet study room where patrons can enjoy a conversation-free room to work or reflect. The additional space also has administrative areas and staff offices which will free up the smaller meeting room in the existing library for public use during library hours and allow for additional remodeling of the current staff room as a “phase 2” portion of the expansion project.
Please stop by on Saturday, June 16, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to tour the new wing, enjoy a light refreshment and snack, and participate in some of the ongoing adult and kids activities. The library will also have an area set up for new patrons who would like to become a member of the Wells Library.
“Purse-onality” event to benefit AHA’s Go Red For Women Campaign
KENNEBUNKPORT — The American Heart Association in Maine will hold its second annual Go Red “Purse-onality” event on Wednesday, June 27 at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport from 5 to 7 p.m. This event features a silent auction of more than 25 purse packages donated by local supporters. Each purse is hand-selected and filled with items and mementos that reflect the "purse-onality" of the contributor.
Channel 8 WMTW Anchor Tracy Sabol will emcee the event, which will include a focus on women’s heart disease and stroke education. The purpose of this event is to have fun while celebrating the Go Red movement to increase awareness of heart diseases and stroke. An educational component will be included to provide attendees with a better understanding about women’s risk of heart disease and stroke to inspire women to take charge of their own health.
Robin Hodgskin of Morgan Stanley is the 2018 Go Red For Women Chairwoman and is leading this year’s event. “Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. As the leading killer of women — claiming the lives of one in three women — cardiovascular diseases force us to consider that a woman we know and love may be affected at any age,” said Hodgskin.
Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door). Heavy appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit purseonalitymaine.heart.org or contact Katie Rooks at (207) 289-2388 or Katie.Rooks@heart.org.
Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and CVS Health and locally by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Purse-onality is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.
Family Fun Day is Aug. 4
KENNEBUNK — Save the date! Family Fun Day, presented by the West Kennebunk Village Committee, is scheduled for Aug. 4.
Each year, the committee works hard to put together a special occasion for families, providing free activities, games and contests as well as food vendors and craft vendors.
All the favorite inflatables from Sharper Events will return, and an old favorite, the photo booth, will be back. New this year will be some old-fashioned games for children of all ages: an egg and spoon race and a sack race.
A parade will kick things off at 9 a.m., then try the Dash for Cash to see how far you can carry $300 in change. Of course, the super talented face painter Abby Greenip will return as will the amazing balloon artist Jim Desrosiers.
Bake your favorite pie for our pie baking contest (junior bakers welcome) and get messy at our watermelon eating contest.
Community partners work with the committee to make it a great day. The United Methodist Church starts the day at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, the Masonic Lodge will have an all-day yard sale, car show and food stall in their parking lot, the Village Tavern will be open for lunch that day, the Lunch Box will be selling burgers, hot dogs and more, and of course, Cummings Market for sandwiches, salads, snacks, and great pizza.
All of this would not be possible without help from volunteers. We need people to help with set up and break down and to assist with games and activities. If you can help all day, or just for a couple of hours, or provide something for our bake sale, please contact Barbara Weeman at (207) 985-2272 or Brenda Spulick at (207) 710-7516.
If you have a group that would like to participate in our parade, contact Weeman or Spulick.
Any local crafters or non-profit organizations that would like to participate, please contact Gerri Slotnick at email@example.com.
Anyone who is interested in coming to a meeting and learning more about all the activities of the West Kennebunk Village Committee, meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Dorothy Stevens Community Center at 80 Thompson Road in West Kennebunk.